The “Olivenholz Klassik” model is a “two-band” badger brush with a buffed olivewood handle with gold ringlet that’s made in Bavaria Germany. Both the handle and the knot are made by hand in Bavaria, and the company making the knots does nothing but produce brushes for >100yrs in an area well known for the handicraft.
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You may have heard about this thing on the news that’s been spoken of online and in other venues quite a bit since early 2020, its genesis originating somewhat earlier in 2019. Anyways, since that thing, logistics of shipping’s been turned on its head. We, teeny tiny The Superior Shave (of far, far below a six figure annual net profit business and far below $0.5M annual gross sales) have lost two parcels in 2020 worth nearly $4000, with no recourse, a fact we blame on that thing in the news. Another parcel this January 2021 was held of $7000 worth of safety razors that matter for our business because of $45 worth of a foot nail file, a CYA-obsessed presumably-new customs agent (I hope that’s what it was, anyways) claiming we’d need to be an MD to bring that into the country because if I had five minutes to myself I might be able to draw blood on my foot from it if that was my express intention (one should wonder why they would allow extremely dangerous ball point pens into our fine nation)…that box got ‘repatriated’ at a 20% clip, which I had to pay, along with the ~$400 of DHL’s costs to be involved as a completely incompetent broker and shipping courier.
So, because of those ‘lessons’, we can only reliably import items by the much-more-costly-and-much-more-regulated-because-their-accounting-team-brings-in-the-real-bucks UPS Express, DHL Express, or FedEx, and we’ll certainly never dare to import anything to deal with a human foot again… with these entities, if we import one item in a box with a dead animal part in the item (like a badger brush, a nice horn comb, etc.), that’ll cost over $200 in bullsh*t accounting creativity for the first piece.
The only way around that is to beg for your business’ tiny nature to the regulating body associated to this, which we did and have been granted, they put a scarlet letter upon our business id #, and now we’re on a very strict leash of 24 or less units of any dead animal part item, and not more than $5000 of goods in said box.
That’s a tight leash, hard to make money with such a lease. Given the high cost of UPS Express/DHL Express/FedEx as a basis over the importation of just twenty-four units of something, what it really means is that The Superior Shave can no longer import economical animal-part-based anything, combs or less costly shaving brushes or razor scales alone, not until Earth would return to normal from that thing in the news which upturned logistics, and that doesn’t look too likely to be honest. We’ve got the pieces we’ve got left of those types of things, and that’s it.
It was and is a terrific little brush; between all the various handles for this ‘Klassik’ 20mm knot we’ve sold hundreds and hundreds of them over >9yrs and never once had a complaint of shedding, which I will partially attribute to 1) modest density given that these hair strands have thick bottoms 2) the machined-into-handle knots always have less problems than hand-set knots that don’t have that exposed ‘ringlet’, regardless of which brand’s involved 3) they make shaving and other brushes as their only living and we believe any firm, China or otherwise, that does nothing but make brushes under one name for many years will have the competence not to screw you and the dignity to back up their name if anything goes wrong.
Their stuff with this knot, we can still import for you (precisely twenty-four at a time in a box all by their lonesome), because laying off the UPS etc. overheads on twenty-four of those isn’t as obvious to your penny-pinching rat bastard wallet (you cheap bastard). But that’ll be it.
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